Sunday October 19, 2008
BIRMINGHAM’S season ended with a 47-43 defeat at the hands of King’s Lynn in their Premier Trophy clash at Perry Barr.

And immediately after the meeting BRC Roofing Brummies boss Graham Drury vowed the club would bounce back from a nightmare season hampered by injuries and rain-offs.

“I will leave no stone unturned in my efforts to help us back to the top next year,” said Drury. “And this final result of the season just underlines my determination.”

The meeting provided plenty of entertainment for fans who turned out in force for one last time before the long, dark winter months.

And the turning point clearly came in Heat 8 when popular Pole Tomasz Piszcz, who has been a heavy scorer since he joined the Brummies in August, was controversially excluded by referee Graham Flint after a collision with Lynn’s Kozza Smith. In Flint’s defence, he and his trainee were able to consult video evidence before making the decision.

Smith proved to be a thorn in the Birmingham side in the penultimate race when he teamed up with John Oliver for a maximum 5-1 which left the Perry Barr side needing a maximum of their own to save the match.

Home skipper Jason Lyons completed a magnificent maximum, but fellow Aussie Craig Watson couldn’t pass the Stars duo Tomas Topinka and Kevin Doolan and the Norfolk men went home happy.

Birmingham Speedway will be back in Premier League action next March.

BIRMINGHAM: Jason Lyons 15, Craig Watson 12, Tomasz Piszcz 6+1, Ben Taylor 6+1, James Birkinshaw 3, Jay Herne 1+1, Kyle Legault R/R.
KING’S LYNN: Tomas Topinka 14+1, Kevin Doolan 12, Kozza Smith 11+1, John Oliver 8+2, Luke Priest 1, Mark Baseby 1, Rusty Harrison R/R.

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